Town recognizes USPS employee for response to medical emergency

WEST WARWICK — Juana Palacios was making her rounds one afternoon earlier this year, distributing mail on Alden Drive in West Warwick, when she noticed a resident in need of emergency medical attention.

If not for her quick response, the situation may have ended in tragedy.

A letter carrier with the United States Postal Service, Palacios had been making her deliveries on March 3 when she happened across a man laying in his lawn, semi-conscious and foaming at the mouth, according to the local postmaster.

“[She] showed up to a resident’s house to find the customer unconscious on the front lawn in just a T-shirt. It was about 35 degrees that day,” Todd Rekrut, postmaster for the Town of West Warwick, said Thursday. “That person was in some serious distress.”


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